Osprey is amongst the most unknown and emblematic raptors of the Iberian geography. We're used to the glamorous Golden Eagle or Iberian Imperial Eagle, and to the spectacular size of the big scavengers, but this unusual predator lives close to us in marshes, wetlands, dams and coasts since ancient times. Recently, reintroduction and conservation programs are succeeding in recovering populations in several places. In Almería, however, the Osprey is definitely not an abundant bird and only several citations through the las decades can be found. It is in West Andalusia and the South of Portugal where most of individuals can be found in wintering period. To be mentioned is the breeding colony in North Africa, to be precise in the Alhoceima National Park Cliffs, where the largest population of the area is located. In general, this bird of prey nest and breed in the East and North of our geography, and some hundreds individuals are though to spend the winter by the Southern Iberian Peninsula, with warm climate and good feeding conditions.
Southern Spanish coast and north African autonomous city, Melilla, felt a significant seismic movement last night. Spanish Geographical Institute (IGN) is reporting the occurrence of tens of small movements as well as some medium magnitude ones in the last days, with a maximum of 6.3 in Richter scale last evening. The city of Melilla has reported some damages and some minor injuries, with no fatalities at this time. It corresponds to a V intensity, with IV-V close to Algeciras in the Strait of Gibraltar, as well as IV intensity level in tens of locations in the coast and inland of Andalusia. It's too early to know all the consequences and any information update is welcomed.
Geogata has participated in a Cooperation Project
Article about Almería in the Andalucia Bird Society magazine
On late Summer 2015, Brenda Jones, co-editor of the magazine Birds of Andalucia, the quarterly editorial journal of the Andalucia Bird Society, asked me to write an article about Cabo de Gata and Almería to be printed in the Autumn 2015 issue of the magazine. I obviously agree and felt happy of my words being worthy of such publication. The issue is now printed and available for all ABS members, and I hope my lines could help them discover a bit more of the geography and heritage of the Cabo de Gata - Nature Park and Geopark and of all the Almería province. The article, A year in the drylands, is though as a trip through time, unveiling some interesting natural phenomena that occurs during the year, as well as some pills of the Geological History of the province using the classical comparison between a natural year and the age of the Planet Earth. Below you'll find a photograph of the printed article that I want to share with all the followers to which I highly recommend to join the Andalucia Bird Society.